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Unsupported breasts move up to 12cm during exercise - up-down, in-out, and side-to-side. This amount of movement can result in discomfort, chafing and ultimately damage to the breasts' supportive tissue... saggy boobs.
Sports bras come in different levels of support depending on your cup size and the type of exercise you do.
Low-impact sports bras, used for walking and stretch exercises, are often cut like a crop-top and are usually made from thinner material. High-impact bras generally use less stretchy material and include supportive seams and overlays.
The level of support required does vary according to bra size, but whatever size you are we would recommend opting for maximum support. Smaller-busted women may feel most comfortable wearing a compression sports bra. Compression bras press your breasts against your chest, and are usually pulled on over your head. However, there is research to suggest that a properly structured encapsulation bra - which cups each breast individually - is more likely to give good support over a compression bra. Encapsulation bras have two cups like a normal bra, but with extra support. For larger cup sizes, encapsulating sports bras are definitely recommended.
A question we're often asked is "How long should a sports bra last?" Well, after 30-40 washes most sports bras need replacing.
The technical fabric of your sports bra will wear during the washing cycle, and its elasticity will diminish during use. Try not to tumble dry your bra either; the heat will destroy its fabric.
So, as you can see, a sports bra really is the most important piece of sportswear you'll ever own.